What does an MP do?

Dave is no longer a Member of Parliament, having stood down at the June 2017 general election. Please contact Blaydon's new MP.

Sometimes people ask that question, and of course they are entitled to know. The most prominent activity of an MP is speaking in debates in the chamber of the House of Commons and questioning Ministers. But this is only a small part of an MP's work. Support for issues can be registered through Early Day Motions but much serious and time consuming work is done in Committee.

Your Member of Parliament can investigate matters relating to Parliament or Central Government.

They include:

In certain cases your M.P. can refer your complaint to government ministers or to the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Your M.P. will try to give advice on any problem you have.

There is a factsheet published by Parliament which describes the work of an MP and gives some more detail.

You may download that factsheet here. It is 93K and is in Adobe PDF format.

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